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FUESD recognizes 14 retiring employees

Rick Monroe

Special to the Village News

Fourteen employees who retired this year were recognized at the May 23 board meeting of the Fallbrook Unified School District.

"This is something we look forward to every year," said Dr. Candace Singh, superintendent of the district. "It's an honor to recognize the years of service and contributions to the district."

Brian Morris, HR director, also commented: "What an honor to look back at a life and career of selfless service. What a legacy!"

Kimberly Lewis from child nutrition services moved to Texas and was not present, Morris said.

Leonard Rodriguez, director of pupil personnel, spoke about Sara Ingalls, who served the district as a teacher, special ed instructor and in other roles, noting she was employee of the year twice in her 30-years of service for the district.

Kelly Trento, librarian at Fallbrook Stem Academy since 2006, was also not present at the ceremony.

Claudia D'Leon, principal at La Paloma Elementary School, shared about two employees who retired, Jody Lowell after 37 years first in special ed and later as librarian, and L. Celeste Chaffin, who began as a special education teacher and this year taught a kindergarten class.

Patti Parson, principal at Live Oak Elementary School, spoke about three retirees: Anita Henderson, an instructional assistant for 16 years; Mary Perez, a speech and language assistant with 31 years in education; and Eileen Banks, a social studies and innovative lab science instructor.

Retiring from Mary Fay Pendleton school were Vickie Nelson from the administrative staff and speech therapist Sheryl Valenta. Each worked at the school for 30 years.

Gertie Seymour worked at San Onofre School for 34 years as librarian.

From William H. Frazier School, teachers Ana Salinas worked for 31 years and Mary Ellen Denny for 25 years.

Singh made the final retirement recognition of Julie Norby, assistant superintendent of educational services, who is leaving after 39 years in public education. Singh said the administrator has empowered others to lead. "Your contribution has been significant and meaningful," she added.

The celebration of their service to the district was the first action during the meeting and a reception was held before trustees returned to the meeting.

Trustees received a first reading report about changes to nine district job descriptions. Morris explained that the changes reflect changes in the responsibilities of the positions and allow for additional financial support.

The next board meeting is on Tuesday, June 21.


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